SOURCE: World Poker Store

August 15, 2007 10:00 ET

The World Poker Store Awards Fourth $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat and Hosts an Over 750 Player Tournament Weekend

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - The World Poker Store (PINKSHEETS: WPKS), a Nevada corporation with corporate offices in St. Paul, MN, hosted its fourth Texas Hold 'em State Finals Tournament at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton, MN, on Saturday, August 11th. With over 540 players in the state finals on Saturday and 27 teams (8 players per team) competing in the Team tournament Friday night, the World Poker Store's Bar Poker League hosted close to 1,000 players and guests during the weekend of Poker. Players qualify for the state finals hosted at local casinos through the Bar Poker League's progressive point system accumulating points over a 6-month period during play at local bars and restaurants. The casino partner awards the $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat grand prize along with airfare to Las Vegas and accommodations for the World Series of Poker held annually in July. The Bar Poker League currently has 25,000 plus registered members and will continue to grow through expansion into other states in 2007. Mitch Minick from Lino Lakes Minnesota took top honors at this event and joins the ranks of past State Champions Barb Silberglitt of Mora, MN, Jamin Neppl of Eagan, MN, and Katie LeBeau of Mankato, MN, each of which competed in past WSOP Main Events and enjoyed other perks including hanging out with poker pros Phil Hellmuth, Marcel Luske, Hoyt Corkins, Johnny Chan, Patrik Antonius and Liz Lieu as part of their time spent at the WSOP with The World Poker Store. "Despite thunderstorms and bad weather, our players still made the state finals trip in great numbers and we were very pleased to see such a large turn out for our Team Poker event on Friday night as well," said Chuck Chastain, CEO of the World Poker Store. "Team Poker tournaments have become a big part of The Bar Poker League this year and we look forward to future state finals competitions on the team level as well," he added.

With successful operations in Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin and coming soon to 23 other Bar Poker legal states in the union, The World Poker Store's Bar Poker League continues to add new player members and open new venues for Free No-limit Texas hold 'em. Currently running over 100 tournaments per week, The Bar Poker League offers a live, face to face, poker experience to all walks of life at bars and restaurants where legal around the country and hosts a community of members at With a focus on "bringing poker to the masses" and supporting non-profit organizations, The World Poker Store also partners with local charities and corporate groups to host professional Texas Hold 'em tournaments with the proceeds benefiting a variety of causes. Most notably, The Trent Tucker Celebrity Poker Tournament hosted annually in Minnesota at Canterbury Park with attendees from both the NBA and the Poker elite featuring Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Marcel Luske, Patrik Antonius and Hoyt Corkins to name a few, with all proceeds going to benefit The Trent Tucker Youth Program. The World Poker Store Inc. also currently operates 2 retail locations in Minnesota at Southdale Center, Rosedale Center. The World Poker Store is the only brick and mortar retail outlet of its kind entirely devoted to poker, offering everything from Texas Hold 'em tables, Casino Quality Chips, DVDs, Books, Apparel and Tour Pro Collectibles. All products are also available online at

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